This past week, Max Blumenthal, author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, sat for five interview with The Real News‘ Paul Jay. I posted part one here in mid-week. All five segments have now been posted at The Real News. Saturday afternoon, Firedoglake will host Blumenthal on the Saturday portion of the weekly Book Salon. As part of the preliminaries for this important salon, here are all five segments, posted together for your convenience.
I met Max when he came to Wasilla, investigating Sarah Palin’s religious beliefs and those of her close followers. I live in Wasilla, so he stayed with Ms. ET and me. As I wrote in 2009, our son had just left for college in California, and we were empty-nesters for the first time. We took him in like a son, and would have loved it if he had stayed for weeks instead of days.
Since 2008, when I got to know this incredibly committed young researcher, we’ve kept in intermittent touch, and I headed the efforts to fund his return to Alaska in September, 2009, for talks about Republican Gomorrah.
I recently spent three weeks in Lebanon to research the Palestinian refugee situation and the effects of the uprising in Syria on the region. I will be writing extensively about my trip when I return from Israel-Palestine later this month. For now, I have posted my appearance on Transit, a current affairs/political interview program on Lebanon’s Future TV (the official network of the Hariri family’s Future Party). To my complete surprise, the producers decided to air the complete, uncensored “Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem” video in the middle of the interview. The video punctuated a lengthy discussion of issues ranging from AIPAC to the Tea Party to the Palestinian statehood resolution to Barack Obama’s disappointing presidency.
In London, last week, Max was interviewed by sternchenproductions. These interviews provide examples of why Blumenthal may be one of the most important young people covering global issues at this time. The producers divided their output into separate subjects that Max discusses.
What is most important about the three clips from the interview posted below is perhaps the depth Blumenthal’s sense of what journalism is deeply informs his approach to his craft, and his comments on the dilemma so many other journalists have failed to solve creatively. The three clips are fairly long, adding up to a half hour. It is well worth the time to watch, though.
The Role of the Media in the Israel Palestine Conflict:
Blumenthal’s reference to his being cut off from mainstream media access for being unwilling to be “collegial” resonates with Cenk Uyger’s piece on his withdrawal from MSNBC.
Christian Zionism in the USA:
“A figure of Jesus appearing in a deodorant stick.” Nobody explains the cynical relationship between Christian Zionists and settlement expansionists better than Max. The cynicism of this is more and more implicit in Max’s work over these past three years. Max’s take on an aspect of the cognitive dissonance of Israeli rightwing support of Glen Beck is almost poetry – “A symphony of anti-Semitic dogwhistles.”
As Blumenthal describes the MO of opposition to his work, fdl devotees might find a helluva lot to identify with. In the beginning of his summation, Max challenges NPR‘s Terry Gross to give his upcoming book, which will be about Palestine and Israel, the same time she gave his last one.
Max Blumenthal’s ability to look inward and outward about what he is looking at, learning, writing about, and taking to the next level, deserves a far wider audience than has been the case.
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